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Project Data Repositories and Computational Infrastructure for Environmental and Climate Studies in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East are generally considered a climate change hot spot. The region is expected to face major challenges in energy demand and supply, as well as a decreasing availability of fresh water in the course of the 21st century, which are likely to cause adverse economical and societal consequences.

To cope with climate change impacts adequately, efficient and economically and societally feasible adaptation strategies for the energy and water sectors are essential. In order to derive such strategies, sufficient and reliable information on the possible course of regional climate development and a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts are urgently needed. To that end, we need to assess and analyze currently available data on climate conditions as well as on the energy and water sectors in the Eastern Mediterranean.

However, having sufficient information on available data on the one hand and the exchange of data between regional and national institutions on the other, are still a challenge. This causes significant gaps in our understanding of relevant issues. In addition, the scarcity of high-performance computer resources necessary for data storage, analysis, distribution, and modelling is a prevalent problem in the region.

The EU-DARECLIMED project, addressing the above considerations, aims to identify, rescue, collect and disseminate regional datasets or information about such datasets related to climate, the water and the energy sectors: Ultimately, the project aims at specifying best practices as well as concrete measures aimed at building-up a data repository and at sharing of regional data, climate model methodologies and climate-model-simulation results.

Data Repositories and Computational Infrastructure for Environmental and Climate Studies in the Eastern Mediterranean


  • Acronym: DARECLIMED
  • Funding scheme: EU FP7, Coordination and Support Actions
  • Funding period: 24 months
  • Starting date: pending
  • Coordinator: The Cyprus Institute
  • Role of CyI: Data Repository; Quality and Procedures


Contact Person: Prof. Jos Lelieveld
Tel. +35722208626

Project number 262263
Geographical coverage Cyprus,Greece,Israel,Egypt,Turkey,
Budget (in €) 0
Programme EU FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1, Coordination and Support Actions
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The purpose of DARECLIMED is to create the appropriate environment for the formation of a regional data infrastructure devoted to paleo-, current- and future climate, energy and water related data. Major goals and objectives are:

I.    To improve  the availability of data relevant to climate change assessments for the Eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East, aiming for standards comparable to those of Western Europe, thereby achieving a more balanced territorial development
II.    To identify and engage stakeholders in the region that have access to, own or have collected relevant data
III.    To define conditions under which data can be shared while protecting the rights and interests of all stakeholders
IV.    To develop broadly accepted quality control standards and procedures for all data types 
V.    To agree on minimal information, harmonization procedures and common representations of the data, so as to make them interoperable
VI.    To develop a framework and capacity for comparison and integration of climate projections for the region derived from multiple datasets and models
VII.    To support the build-up and integration of a regional infrastructure for climate research, with an emphasis on computing resources, through networking and prospective activities that will also facilitate the incubation of future collaborative climate research 
VIII.    To assess the current use of computer resources by the regional climate community
IX.    To promote sharing of RCM models and RCM simulation results (including the creation of adequate repositories), in order to advance the optimal use of computational resources and enable the emergence of a broadly accepted scientific consensus on regional climate modeling and resulting climate projections.


Period [01/02/2011 - 28/02/2013]